Wheelchair ramps and access ramps can make all the difference in your life, turning an inaccessible and dangerous doorway into a safe and accessible entrance. AC stock Tyrex wheelchair ramps and access ramps, and OT Paul Loveridge gives us the rundown on them.
Who might need wheelchair ramps or access ramps?
There’s two general categories of people that need ramps: people who are unsteady on their feet or those who struggle to manage steps safely, and those that need mobility aids. Mobility aids include walkers, wheelchairs, canes, crutches or walking frames.
What is important in a ramp?
The first thing is, ‘does it comply with the Australian Standard AS1426.1?’ From a safety and legal standpoint, that’s very important. Our Tyrex wheelchair ramps do comply, of course.
Obviously, it needs to be suitable for the person using it and the environment it’s being used in. This would mean there are no trip hazards and it should be weather and wear proof. Naturally, you’d want the ramp to blend in with the house it’s been installed at, since most ramps are installed inside and outside the door.
They should be affordable and good value; considering the benefit our Tyrex ramps bring in terms of preventing falls, we think they’re a good investment.
Can you just install a ramp yourself?
Yes you can. Many of them are quite straight forward, you can pick them up from us and place them where you need them. That being said, sometimes it’s best for a professional to install access ramps due to uneven floor levels creating unsafe ‘lips’ at one end of the ramp, or other unique situations. You can make modifications yourself, but we can deliver and install wheelchair ramps for you to make extra sure they are safe and usable.
What kind of access and wheelchair ramps do AC provide?
We supply Tyrex rubber access and wheelchair ramps, from 15mm in height to 150mm in height in 5mm increments, with 1:8 and 1:10 gradient. We also supply ramp ‘wings’ that can be fitted on the side of the access ramp if someone needs to step off to the side of the ramp. We also supply ‘infills’ which bridge the gap between external and internal ramps.
We also supply vehicle access ramps, which fold up. They make it easy to get mobility equipment in and out of vehicles.